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Shelter plans in Ballston Spa move forward

The Saratoga County Buildings and Grounds Committee will recommend that Petersen Group Architects of Clifton Park design the new county animal shelter in Ballston Spa when they meet with the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, April 15.

I got a real good feeling about them and their ability to work with us, said Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth, a committee member, during a subcommittee meeting on the animal shelter.

Other members of the subcommittee agreed.

Moreau Town Supervisor Preston Jenkins Jr., who chairs the subcommittee on the animal shelter, said he felt the Petersen Group's presentation last month had a personal touch. He also noted they could design the 27,000-square- foot building for the county's $5 million price tag.

The Petersen Group could also meet the committee's proposed timeline, according to Jenkins, and estimated the building life at 30 years, which was greater than the two other estimates. The Petersen Group was recommended over Sacco-McKinney Architects of Latham and Butler Rowland Mays Architects of Mechanicville, who both presented their plans to the subcommittee.

Shelter Supervisor Daniel Butler said he was comfortable with the committee's recommendation

The 30-year-old animal shelter, located on County Farm Road, is in need of a new facility, according to Butler.

"Today, animals needs are taken into consideration more so than 30 years ago," Butler said.

He said that when the shelter was built in 1978, people were simply providing a "warehousing" of animals; today, he said, people are concerned with providing proper housing and medical care.

"Their interests come first," he said of the animals.

He said that the new facility would have separate areas for cats and dogs and a ventilation system with an air exchange, which will change the air every 10 to 15 hours a day, according to Butler.

The new facility will also have more kennel space so that the shelter can house more pets.

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